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cyber attack. officials believe they know how hackers got access to sony's computer system as north korea warns of a dangerous cyber war office. president obama now saying he will go it alone flexing muscles against cuba. what this means for the people of cuba and in the united states. u.s. government says three taken out in air strikes after deployment orders to troops to iraq. what is expected on the boots on the ground.
good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm deborah feyerick. it is friday, december 19th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. we have information on the cyber attack on sony pictures that resulted with the withdrawal of "the interview." officials know how hackers penetrated the computer systems. officials were told that they tried a true method and stole the password of an administrator. there is word the u.s. officials are close to naming north korea as the prepa as the perpetrator of the attack. jim acosta has more. >> reporter: this is a serious national security matter and in the words of a top official, a response is coming. white house press secretary josh ernest is not specifying if north korea is behind the hacking, but in the toughest
rhetoric to date, ernest described it as what he called destructive activity with malicious intent. it would merit an appropriate response. he would not say if that means sanctions or cyber response from the u.s. an official wanted to make one thing clear saying the white house absolutely did not put pressure on sony to pull the interview from the theaters knowing what ernest told reporters at the white house. >> the united states stands squarely on the side of artists and companies that want to express themselves. we believe that kind of artistic expression is worthy of protection and not something subjected to intimidation because you happen to disagree with the views. >> reporter: earnest said the president is not opposed to a special screening here at the white house. that is something of a problem. we should point out there have
been consultations with the fbi and sony. the conversations were relayed to the national security team. for now, the white house says it is waiting on investigators from the fbi and national security team at the justice department to wrap up the investigation. that is happening soon. >> jim acosta for us. if it is true that north korea is the culprit behind the attack on sony, how can the world's poorest countries that bars people contact with the internet pull off a cyber attack of sophistication. kyung lah joins us now. you have met with one who seems to be asking this question. >> reporter: this is a who done it. it is an area or group called bureau 121. think of them as a shadow agency, he says.
they are hand picked. they are the best of the best. the best minds in north korea. they are specifically trained, specifically to become hackers to try to infiltrate western companies. these hackers, he estimates 1,800 spread around the world. that's his estimation. when they are placed around the world, they attack western companies like sony. when they attack the messages, the orders come from pyongyang. you talk about a cyber army to dispatch so many from around the world. it is easier to hand pick and train them to fight the war. this, deb, the estimation by the south korea government is the new war. >> it is fascinating. every country has this. this is the new reality. a number of cyber experts i'm
speaking to. it is not just a physical war, but everybody being in everybody else's system. the great equalizer is the fact that you know there will be a response. the people who they believe are doing this, do you know where they are being trained? is it in north korea or outside of the country to get the training? >> reporter: it is very difficult to know. the belief is they are trained in pyongyang and then dispatched. they have almost cover identities. the original training happens in pyongyang and they are selected when they are teenagers and raised to become the hackers. that's the belief right now. you are talking about a response. they don't know who to respond to. >> that's exactly right. we saw it in estonia and other countries. kyung lah, thank you. we appreciate your insights.
hollywood is reacting with fear to the cyber attack on sony pictures. for many at least, disappointment that sony has made the decision to withdraw "the interview." rob lowe tweeted, wow, everyone caved. the hackers won. ben stiller wrote, hard to believe this is the response to the threat to freedom of expression here in america. and the rock here with the interview. >> this whole thing is scary, man. e-mails and your private stuff. the whole town is scared. >> sony says it has no plans to distribute the $40 million film in theaters or home video. president obama squeezes in the annual end of the year conference before he heads off to christmas vacation. insiders say he will field a topic of questions on
immigration and his historic move to restore relations with cuba and the senate cia torture report and the hack against sony among other issues. the white house is leaving the door off for a possible future visit to the u.s. by cuban president raul castro. pressed for details to the administration to reestablishment diplomatic relation was cuba. josh earnest said the possible visit by raul castro to other leaders visits. >> the president has had the leaders of burma and china to the united states. for that reason, i would not rule out a visit from president castro. >> john kerry hopes to return the favor, becoming the first secretary of state to visit cuba
in 50 years. in the meantime, president obama plans to act on his own to lift the trade embargo against cuba in a move that is sure to provoke a furious fight with the republican congress. the president plans to use broad executive powers to lift restrictions on travel, commerce and financial activity. no one is more eager to see the trade sanctions lifted than the people of cuba. whether cuba with the wrecked economy is ready for a massive influx of goods and tourists is another option. we have more from havana. >> reporter: we have two cubas. this is one visitors don't see. a grim place. buildings are collapsing around me. people are hanging on. part of that is due to the long time economic sanctions from the u.s. part of that is due to the cuban government's inability to manage the economy. you talk about how people only make about $20 a month.
not enough to get by. it is what they have. they have, of course, old cars passed down for generations. they keep running. they look like they could fall apart anytime. some of them do. you talk about people in impoverished neighborhoods like this one. you talk about the improved u.s. and cuba relations mean for them. they talk about how they don't just want to improve the economic relations, they need it to. >> translator: you try to make things better so we have more. we have enough, but more would be better. >> reporter: this is the other cuba. the one that is for international visitors who come to cuba with hard currency to spend. the walls are painted and buildings are not falling down. is cuba ready for all these changes? it doesn't appear so, but they are welcoming the same. tensions are running high inside and outside of the courthouse where suspected
boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev made his first public appearance in more than a year. a friend of the 20-year-old shouted out her support saying we know you are innocent. meantime, outside, a victim who lost his leg in the bombing confronted a tsarnaev supporter while holding his prosthetic leg and saying here is the proof. stephen colbert filed his last report thursday night. the faux republican put on quite the show. in his word segment, he thanked the nation for supporting him and his crazy pursuit for saving the olympics and running for president. he broke out in the song "when we meet again." he had katie couric and others on the show. he bid final farewell like only he could. >> i have too many people to thank. first and foremost, everyone who worked hard to make something
special. all of our friends and family for putting up with our long hours. the network for giving us the chance to begin with and all of the guests who came on. too many to thank. i'll thank mavis. if you could call everybody tomorrow, that would be great. thanks. oh, and you, the colbert nation. thank you for being such a big part of it. that was fun. okay. okay. that's the show. from eternity, i'm stephen colbert. >> that was fun. what more can you say? thunderstorms are expected to continue in texas this morning. let's get to meteorologist derek van dam for an early look at your weather. >> good morning, deborah. waking up to a beautiful start across the new england coast.
sunshine for new york city. mountain snow across the pacific northwest. rainfall in dallas, texas. temperatures in the windy city, 33 degrees. the big apple, 38. the nation's capital at 35. the low pressure system bringing some rain to mississippi, louisiana and southeast texas. the bulk of the precipitation still waiting to the end of the weekend for georgia and florida panhandle. a lot of chatter of a christmas eve storm. this will be a rainmaker. some snow on the back side of the storm and lots of wind across the great lakes. good news for the drought conditions across central and northern california. improving statistics for the central and northern parts. much-needed rainfall. 4 to 6 inches for that region. wet weather and snow for the cascades and rockies. back to you.
thank you. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. huge moves now? >> it is incredible. the rally is finally here. i'm thinking it will be a strong end to the week this week. we have seen the dow and nasdaq and s&p all higher. yesterday, just to put this in context, the dow had its best day in more than three years. it climbed 421 points or 2.4%. now in the past two days, the dow has added 709 points total. that is the best two-day gain since november of 2008. it is a huge reversal from the past two weeks when stocks were sliding and everybody was talking about a potential pull back. that never came. what is sending stocks higher? it's all about the federal reserve. the market right now is addicted to easy money. since the fed chair janet yellen indicated no rush to raise
trai rates, stocks are getting a huge boost. investors are talking about a correction or pullback, the market rallies back. we talk about this december rally which has been a strong month for stocks. i don't see that changing this year. you know, we will have to see what happens in january when everybody sober's up a bit. >> interesting. it is good to see climbing and climbing. you said that last time we were talking about it. it is going up. >> no reason for it to go down. january could be a whole different world. >> when the christmas hangovers end. cristina alesci, thank you. i appreciate that. the u.s. is now confirming the death of three isis leaders. operations that took them out. how the u.s. plans to confront the terrorist group head on. and boko haram storming a village and capturing nearly 200 villagers. we have details on the fright
baghdad. eight children found stand to death in a home in australia. police were called in a house in cairns about a woman with serious injuries. when police arrived, they found all of the children dead. the mom is receiving treatment and speaking with police. at this point, no word on the motive or a suspect. and details are emerging about a new attack by nigerian boko haram militants. local officials claim that the islamist insurgents kidnapped 185 women and children in the village of gurnsuri. we have more from our london bureau and nima elbagir. >> reporter: this is focus on the boko haram campaign of terror. it is difficult to get any
details out from the remote region. we understand this was part of a serious of attacks. the first in early december was actually in the town at the center of the abduction of almost 300 girls nearly eight months ago now. 53 men were killed trying to defend. from there, boko haram moved to gumsuri. authorities tell us they have no sense of where these women and girls were taken. there is at the moment no trail they are able to follow and given that we still no so lknow little about the girls taken, the worry for the families, they will never been able to keep their children and families safe until integral changes in the government to reinforce the communities, but deal with the threat. deborah. >> the nigerian government believed they had it under control, but they really don't.
it is happening and it keeps on happening. >> reporter: they went to far as to say they signed a cease-fire in october. the girls would be coming home. nothing really seems to be changing on the ground and on the 17th of december, they were forced to court martial 54 nigerian soldiers because they were ill equipped and ill supported and ill prepared to do what they call suicide missions against boko haram. you don't get a sense this is sadly changing anytime soon. >> they don't have control. nima, thank you. we appreciate that. breaking in hong kong, a business tycoon and his official were found guilty in the corruption trial. he was found guilty to five misconduct charges to bribery. his brother was cleared on all counts. a massive recall just got
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ford was aware of one accident with an injury possibly related to the air bags. in the recent fence jumping incidents at the white house, the review of the secret service is stretched beyond its limits and could use a funding bump. it could need more training and staff and the service is too insular. the review also recommended the white house fence be raised saying it needs to be at least four or five feet taller and also has a curve out. police in kentucky are searching for a suspect who stole a car with a 20 day old baby in the backseat. baby henry was reunited with his parents thursday after abandoned in a car at a gas station in ft. mitchell. two women in the area reported the vehicle to police after recognizing it from the amber alert. >> i saw the car. my dad works next door. i pulled in thinking that is no way. it is the license plate and we
ran up and saw her. are you seeing the same thing. we opened the door. the baby was inside. >> police said the car was stolen seconds after henry's mother walked into the florence gas station. inmates at new mexico's prisons are singing their versus of the 12 days of christmas. it is called the 11 prisons of christmas. listen. ♪ on the first prison of christmas, the inmates gave to me ♪ >> it highlights 11 service projects they are doing for the community. the song is not just about being festive. >> it was pleasantly surprising to see normally macho inmates, now willing to sing the community a christmas song. >> the hope is that serving the community along with singing for the community will help convicts stay out of trouble once they are free. hollywood is heated.
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caving to the hackers. some of the biggest stars slamming sony for pulling the movie "the interview." investigators believe they now how hackers penetrated the computer systems of sony. now president obama says he will ease restrictions on cuba, could that mean a visit from raul castro to the white house? it what does that mean for business and trade in that country? and saying good-bye the only way colbert can do with big bird and bill clinton and the whacky episode that brought the colbert nation to its knees. welcome back to "early start." i'm deborah feyerick. it is 30 minutes past the hour. we have new information about the huge cyber attack on sony pictures which resulted in sony pulling the film "the interview"
from theaters. investigators believe they know how hackers penetrated the computer system. u.s. officials briefed on the information tell cnn they stole the computer password of the system administrator. there is also word u.s. officials are very close to naming north korea as the official suspected perpetrator of the cyber attack. cnn's will ripley is live in tokyo. the head of the sony headquarters. >> reporter: the latest is there are multiple things developing. for one, u.s. officials are hours away from naming north korea. here in japan, where sony headquarters is located, the company stands to be dealt a major financial blow. the japanese government is staying mostly silent on this issue. the chief cabinet secretary says he doesn't believe this will affect the japanese and north korea relations, which are shaky
as japan tries to get answers about the string of unsolved kidnappings dating back decades. we are learning more about the breach and the steps sony tried to take to protect itself. in 2011, a major hack that shutdown the playstation gaming system. 77 million people had passwords and user names exposed. one says they may have had no way to protect against this because of the way they infiltrated the system. they got the log in from the administrator. >> security experts tell you often time it is is human error. that allows somebody to get somebody's access to the system and it's happening for years.
talk to anybody from the fbi. were you able to talk specifically to somebody or get information on what is called the north korea bureau 121. that is their elite team of hackers. tell us what you know about them. >> reporter: this is a program north korea has had for years. it has gone under the radar. the world's attention is the nuclear program and the launch of the nuclear missiles in the sea of japan. the estimated of 1,800 of the brightest minds from pyongyang university to use the techniques for north korea, this is an inexpensive way to cause a huge amount of damage. look at the american corporation stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars and relationships destroyed and a
major american film has been censored as a result of the activities. deb, you talk about cyber security. one thing sony should have done better and companies should learn they need to do a better job of monitoring if somebody infiltrates the system and takes information. in this case, the hack went on for a long time. had somebody detected it sooner. you cannot always stop people from getting in. if you detect it and stop it, you can prevent this problem. >> it is no longer good for protecting companies from the outsi outside. you have to have an internal system and monitoring everything inside. a lot of people inside cyber security are focusing on that. will, i appreciate that. hollywood is reacting with fear to the cyber attack on sony pictures. for many at least, a lot of disappointment of the decision to withdraw "the interview."
actor rob lowe, who has a cameo in the movie, tweeted wow, everyone caved. hackers won. utter and complete victory. ben stiller wrote hard to believe this is a response to the threat to freedom of expression here in america. and chris rock giving an interview. >> this whole thing is scary, man. you know, e-mails and private stuff. the whole town's scared. everybody has to be scared. >> sony says it has no plans to distribute the $40 million film in theaters or on home video. president obama will no doubt face questions about the sony hack at his annual end of the year news conference today. insiders expect he will field questions on a number of topics as well. including his executive action on immigration, historic move to restore relations with cuba and
the senate's cia torture report. the white house is leaving the door open this morning for a possible future visit to the u.s. by cuban president raul castro. reporters pressed for details from the administration following wednesday's announcement of plans to reestablishment diplomatic relations between the u.s. and cuba. white house press secretary josh earnest compared a possible visit by raul castro to other leaders of countries like china and burma. >> the president has hosted leaders from burma and china to the united states. for that reason, i would not rule out a visit from president castro. >> well, john kerry says he hopes to return the favor becoming the first secretary of state in 60 years to visit cuba. meanwhile, the new york times is reporting that president obama will act on his own to lift many of the elements of the trade
embargo to the company a move that will cause a fight with the republican congress. the president plans to use broad executive powers to lift restrictions on travel and commerce and financial activity. no one is more eager to see the trade sanctions against cuba lifted than the people who live there. whether cuba with the wrecked economy is ready for the influx of goods and american tourists is another question. cnn's patrick oppman has more from havana. >> reporter: there are two cubas. this is the one that most don't see. a grim place. you can see buildings are collapsing around me. people are just hanging on. part of that is due to the long time u.s. economic sanctions. part of that is due to the cuban government's inability to manage their own economy. so you talk to people here and you hear of how they only make about $20 a month. it is not enough to get by.
it is what they have. they have, of course, old cars which have been passed down for generations. they keep running. they look like they could fall apart anytime. some of them do. when you talk to people in impoverished neighborhoods like this one, you talk to them about the u.s. and cuban economic relations mean for them, they want it to improve the economic situations and they need it to. >> translator: you try to make things better so you have more. we have enough, but more would be better. >> reporter: this is the other cuba. the one that is for international visitors who come to cuba with hard currency to spend. the streets are fixed and walls are painted. is cuba ready for the changes? it doesn't appear so, but welcoming just the same. and tensions are running high inside and outside the courthouse where suspected boston marathon bomber dzhokhar
tsarnaev made his first public appearance in 17 months. this was a pre-trial hearing. during the hearing, a friend of the 21-year-old shouted out her support saying we know you are innocent. meantime outside, a victim you see there, lost his leg in the bombing, he confronted a tsarnaev supporter and shook his leg saying here is your proof. tsarnaev's team is going to ask for another delay. and stephen colbert. he filed his last report thursday night. the faux republican put on a show only like he can in his "the word" segment. he thanked people for saving the olympics and running for president. he broke out in the hit song "we'll meet again." jon stewart was there with big bird and katie couric and christiane amanpour was there.
he bid his fans a final farewell like only he could. >> i got too many people to thank. first and foremost, everybody who worked so hard every day to make something special. all of our friends and family for putting up with our long hours, the network for giving us the chance to begin with and of course, all of the guests who came on. thousands of them. too many to thank. i'll thank mavis. mavis, if you could call everybody tomorrow, that would be great. thanks. the wet weather continues along the pacific coast. let's get to meteorologist derek van dam for an early look at your forecast. >> good morning. this is the way we want to start our early weekend. sunshine dominating the new england coast. we are monitoring the low pressure that will bring rain to the gulf coast. and we do have a storm system moving across the pacific northwest. high temperatures for the day, windy city tops 33.
57 for atlanta, georgia. the nation's capital at 45. the big apple at 38 degrees for the afternoon. the bulk of the precipitation waiting to impact southern georgia and florida panhandle by the end of the weekend. a lot of chatter on social media for a snow storm. on the back side of the system, we will set up windy weather leading to the possibility of lake-effect snowfall. great news across california. the drought-stricken state. we have improving statistics across the central and northern half. much-needed rain moving in with snow across the cascades and northern rockies. back to you. good news for those people going skiing. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. cristina, stocks. huge moves. >> a great morning for stocks.
european and asian shares are higher and so are u.s. stock futures. the dow had its best day in more than three years. it climbed 421 points or 2.4%. just to put this in context in the past two days, the dow has added 709 points total. that's the best two-day gain since november of 2008. it is a huge reversal from the past two weeks when stocks were sliding and everyone was talking about a potential pullback. what is sending stocks higher? it is all about the federal reserve. the market right now is addicted to easy money. since fed chair janet yellen indicated there was no rush to race interest rates, stocks are getting a boost. you could see investors really excited about the fed delaying any kind of interest rate hikes. there was a surprise to some people, but there are analysts
and economists out there that say we could have low interest rates for the rest of 2015. that actually an interest rate hike won't happen until 2016. that is actually indicating that maybe our economy isn't as healthy as the fed would like it to be. we are still below that 2% growth target that the fed can see before it raises interest rates. we are falling below that. that is not being picked up right now. >> do you think people are taking advantage of the low interest rates or are they hesitant? >> i think they are. i just actually went shopping for a car. i wanted to lock in the interest rate on that car loan because i know at some point rates will only go up. i think, yes, this has stimulated the economy and encouraged people to buy homes and cars and the fed does not want to put the brakes on that anytime soon. especially with the target on growth so low.
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cnn the two top level leaders and one mid level leader were killed in multiple strikes last month. this comes as the president signs deployment orders thursday for 1,300 troops to head to iraq. troops going further afield deployed outside baghdad and erbil. eight children found stabbed to death in australia. police were called to the house in cairns. when they arrived, they found victims between 18 months and 15 years old. the mother is speaking with police. and details are emerging about a new attack by nigerian boko haram militants. local officials claim the insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children in the village of gumsuri killing some 32 people in the process. the officials say the militants
burned most of the village using gasoline bombs. breaking this morning in hong kong, a business tycoon and top official have been found guilty in the biggest corruption trial ever. city chief secretary rafael hui was found guilty of official misconduct and bribery. thomas kwok was found guilty of misconduct. and in spain, a 37-year-old businessman has crashed a car into the headquarters of spain's ruling conservative party. the man claims there are explosives in the car. police say there are gas canisters visible in the vehicle, but they do not think they are explosive. cnn's al goodman is live from madrid. al, what are you learning? what do they think this threat is? >> reporter: hi, deborah. it does not appear to be terrorism. spain has been hit by islamic
terrorism. this does not appear that case. they have cordoned off a huge area of central madrid close to our bureau. that means a lot of people can't get to work. traffic is snarled. they arrested this man around that age of late 30s. disgruntled businessman blaming the government for his economic problems. that would be a desperate cry in the spain economic crisis. 23% unemployment overall. it does not appear to be terrorism. they have not lifted the threat level. they activiated because of the latest experiences here. >> any concerns by the head of the conservative party? >> reporter: why because reports have been interrogating this man who got his car, according to a photo on twitter on a major
newspaper here in the main hall of the ruling party headquarters. that was at 7:00 in the morning. he is blaming the conservatives for policies he claims to the police report, that led to his economic ruin. the claim is the desperate claim of economic crisis and not terrorism. >> al goodman, we will check back with you later. have they diffused that device? >> reporter: we are checking on that. there have been some indications maybe the bomb squad has taken off their suits. i don't have confirmatioconfirm. >> thank you so much. also coming up, is the secret service stretched too thin? well, a new report with shocking claims about a lack of staff training, even security issues protecting the white house. who is responsible?
increase in staff. the review recommended the white house fence be raised which is something secret service has been arguing for saying it needs to be four or five feet taller and it has to tcurve outward. ford is expanding the recall against takata air bags. they were the first to expand the recall nationwide. it is expanding it globally adding 500,000 cars to the list. ford said it was aware of one accident with an injury possibly related to the malfunctioning air bags. this morning, police in kentucky are searching for a suspect who stole a car with a 20 day old baby in the backseat. baby henry, you see the car there, baby henry reunited with his parents on thursday after he was found abandoned in the car at a gas station in ft. mitchell. two women in the area reported
the car to police after recognizing it from the amber ale alert. >> i was on my way to work and i saw the car and the license plate. i ran up and saw her. i said are you seeing the same thing? we opened the door and the baby was inside. >> the car was stolen seconds after henry's mom walked inside a florence gas station. michael phelps is due to go to trial for his dui case. he put his swimming on hold while he deals with the charges. what kid wonders if the man behind the white hair and beard is really santa. aaron pulled the beard and it turns out to be his daddy.
nicholas williams home on a 20-day pass from south korea. aaron got his one and only christmas wish. you are looking at it right there. uber is off the roads in portla portland. we will tell you about the latest hurdles for the company coming up straight ahead. ?" sove people the power of the review. and now angie's list is revolutionizing local service again. you can easily buy and schedule services from top-rated providers. conveniently stay up to date on progress. and effortlessly turn your photos into finished projects with our angie's list app. visit angieslist.com today. ♪
good morning. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. >> christmas is coming early for stocks. take a look at this. asia and europe stocks are up a lot this morning and u.s. stock futures are too. deb, to recap the week, yesterday, the dow had its best day since 2011. it claimed 421 points. since wednesday, the strongest two-day performance in more than six years. the fed promised to keep the easy money flowing showing no rush to raise rates. while stocks are up, oil is still tumbling. that's putting big oil state texas at risk of recession. look at the chart. crude oil is sitting at $54 a
barrel right now. in the summer, it was over 100. prices have been slashed because of a supply boom in the united states. 40% of the oil comes from texas. now jpmorgan chase says it could cause a recession in the state. now uber is suspending service in portland for the next three months. a judge asked the company to stand down while the city updates regulations to account for the car service. it is not all bad for uber. it may soon have a legit way to operate in the area. the car service is facing similar hurdles in cities around the world. this is not the only hurdle uber has to overcome. not only on the regulatory front, but the company has been hit by awful pr because of the drivers and what happened in india with the rape allegations. it is causing a lot of questions and maybe even surveillance on
the drivers. maybe the company will have to implement some way to monitor the drivers and have video. >> it makes sense. that is why they are looking into regulations. cristina, thank you. good morning. "early start" continues right now. cyber attack. u.s. officials say they believe they know how hackers got access to sony computer systems as north korea defector warns of a dangerous cyber war office. and president obama now saying he will go it alone. flexing his executive muscle to ease restrictions against cuba if congress fails to act. what the new relationship means for the people of cuba and those in the united states. u.s. government says three isis leaders taken out in air strikes as president obama signs deployment orders for 1,300 troops to head to iraq. what is expected of the boots on the ground and ae